Sharron Collier Carnes is founder of Encina Art Center. A native Uvaldean, she is one of five siblings. After graduating from Uvalde High School, she attended Southwest Texas Junior College. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, with certifications in Speech and English, from Same Houston State University.
Sharron is married to Eddy Carnes. After college they returned to Uvalde to raise their family. They are parents of two children and grandparents of five. Prior to and while raising their children, Sharron taught speech, English and theatre arts at Uvalde High School and Uvalde Junior High School. She also worked in the family farming and produce shipping business.
She began oil painting in 2012 as a student of Dorothy Redland. Sharron also took watercolor lessons from Redland and has taken drawing and watercolor classes at the Wouthwest School of Art in San Antonio, figure drawing at Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio, and studied portraiture with Susan Carlin, plein aire with Jimmy Longacre and watercolor with Lee Ricks.
Her interests in art and education, and her love of her hometown merged when the opportunity to rent a building in the Uvalde Downtown area arose, inspiring her to found Encina Art Center, which offers Uvalde and surrounding area artist a place to create, display and sell their works while sharing the joy or art by educating and encouraging aspiring artists of all ages.